Bitter Fire, 6/10/19

Here is a flight map of the location of this fire. Also, be aware there is a new start near Jolon and the north entrance to Lake San Antonio, structure into fire. I will post separately later, if warranted. Thanks to my “mystery map maker” from 2016 who is still with me, and helping when things get hot for this flight map. Bless you, sir.

12:30 pm – CALFIRE and SLO Co. Fire units are at scene of six separate vegetation  fires on Bitterwater road south of Shandon. Fires combined acreage is currently at 20 acres. Calling in resources, but don’t know which ones or how many, yet.

Monday Meanderings, 6/10/19

Not a new weekly feature, just a title for today’s blog thoughts/post.

Saturday a significant fire broke out in Yolo County. It quickly grew to 1700 acres in just a few hours. While these “far-away” fires do not directly impact Big Sur, they do indirectly impact us due to the drawing down of resources available for other fires, statewide.

It is an earlier than expected (by me) start to the fire season, given the amount of cold and rain we had all the way through Memorial Day weekend — just 2 weeks ago. It feels as if we went from winter straight to summer. (And there are still a few people who doubt we are in a climate crisis?) Given this developing situation, and also given that I am working on another piece for Voices, my time will be spent doing more research, keeping an eye on fire conditions through out the state, reporting on some of them, and less focus on daily blog posts.

I have one more Tourist Tuesday planned that will take a look at a light-hearted approach Amsterdam is taking toward its own overtourism problem, but otherwise, I am focusing my energy on our issues and the solutions we need to look at and reporting on those. I also will be devoting time on community involvement in projects aligned with my interest in preserving the natural beauty and environment of Big Sur, by attending more meetings, interviewing more people, and working with others to find meaningful solutions.

I do my best to make sure all my important Big Sur related posts are shared with social media, and will continue to do so to through: two facebook accounts, my personal one (in which I do get vocal on national politics) here:; my “business” page (solely a recap of my non-nationally-political blog) here:; my twitter account (warning, this is my most political social media account, and I am very vocal here regarding my political opinions);; or my instagram account (I am very unskilled in this arena, but I keep trying)

I would like to note, however, that if a fire breaks out in our neighborhood this season, I can only promise to update the blog posts, so I would suggest you sign up on the right at the bottom for email notifications of any new posts.

That’s my Monday and the direction I expect this blog to take in the coming months. Thanks for your continued support.